One of my friend argues that Lottery (lucky draw), and draws conducted by some duty free shops is not part of 'riba'.
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One of my friend argues that Lottery (lucky draw), and draws conducted by some duty free shops is not part of 'riba'. Please provide deteiled explanation in the light of Holy Qura'n and Hadith.
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If one buys a raffle or lottery ticket with the intention to win a prize purely through the element of chance, without an iota of a doubt this would constitute maysir or gambling, and abomination and a grave sin in the Sight of Shariah Law and of Allah Subhanah.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verses 90-91:
90 O ye who believe! Intoxicants, gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows are an abomination of the Shaytaan's handiwork: eschew such (abomination) that ye may prosper.
91 Shaytaan's plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah and from prayer: will ye not then abstain?
The argument of your friend that such gambling would not constitute a part of riba is probably accurate; but the buying of such raffle or lottery tickets would definitely, without an iota of a doubt, constitute the evil abomination and categorically prohibited act of maysir or gambling in the Sight of the Lord Most High!
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